Areas of expertise:
Ethics on Machine Learning, AI, Robotics
Resercher & Professor
Laurence Devillers is a full Professor of Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence at Sorbonne University/ CNRS (LIMSI lab., Orsay) on Affective Robotics, Spoken dialog, Machine learning, and Ethics. She is the author of more than 150 scientific publications. In 2017, she wrote the book “Des Robots et des Hommes : mythes, fantasmes et réalité” (Plon, 2017) for explaining the urgence of building Social and Affective Robotic Systems with Ethics by Design. The new AI and Robotics applications in domains such as healthcare or education must be introduced in ways that build trust and understanding, and respect human and civil rights. The issue of the Ethics of AI and robotics is an essential topic for Economy and for Society. Since 2014, she is member of the French Commission on the Ethics of Research in Digital Sciences and Technologies (CERNA) of Allistène and participated to several reports on Research Ethics on Robotics (2014) and Research Ethics on Machine learning. Since 2016, she is involved in “The IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems” and head the 7008 working group on “Standard for Ethically Driven Nudging for Robotic, Intelligent and Autonomous Systems”. She is also involved in the DataIA institut (Orsay), the French national TransAlgo platform (assessing the accountability and transparency of algorithmic systems) and the FranceIA HUB (Private/Public eco-system) on Ethics. She participated to the AiForHumanity Forum at the Collège de France when the AI report of Cedric Villani “For a meaningful artificial intelligence : Towards a French and European strategy” was published and the French President Emmanuel Macron presented his vision and strategy for France and Europe in Artificial Intelligence.